Posts Tagged ‘jury’

“Panhandle Police Altercation” – The Difference Between Being Found “Not Guilty” Vs. Being “Found Innocent”

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Well, here it is.

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The problem with this Hoodline headline is that Dude wasn’t “found innocent.” IRL, the jury ruled that he is not guilty.

In other words:

Juries never find defendants innocent. They cannot. Not only is it not their job, it is not within their power. They can only find them ‘not guilty.’”

Am I being too picky here?

Sorry.

Ouch, “Friends” No More: Lawyer for the Agent Lisa Kudrow Stiffed Calls Her an “Unsophisticated Actress Client”

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Boy, there are two interesting grafs here.

In a statement, Kudrow’s attorney Gerald Sauer said, “The jury’s verdict is merely one step in the legal process. This case ultimately will be resolved at the appellate level. Ms. Kudrow has faith in the judicial system, and she believes that the eventual outcome of this contractual dispute will be in her favor.”

How do think jurors feel after hemming and hawing day after day, sweating the details, you know, only to be told their brand-new decision just doesn’t matter?

NOT GOOD, prolly.

But it gets better:

In a statement of his own, Scott Howard’s attorney Mark Baute countered, “What generally happens now with unsophisticated actress clients is they overpay for filing a frivolous appeal that has no chance for success. The verdict is rock solid, and we look forward to collecting 10 percent, 16,000 dollars a month, in post-judgment interest while their frivolous appeal is pending. We will collect that interest for two years, which is how long it will take for the Court of Appeal to affirm this jury’s righteous verdict.”

Oh, so this kind of thing happens all the time, not with actors generally, but specifically with actresses, the “unsophisticated” ones, and just from recent cases, so we can generalize this particular case and know for sure what’s going to happen? Wow.

Now if I were Lisa Kudrow, I’d be thinking, mmm, the math’s off a bit, but mmmm, maybe I should cut a deal right now.

Is what I’d be thinking…

So the Deadly “80 MPH” Mercedes Benz Accident of Jennie Zhu was due to “Pedal Misapplication?” That’s One Theory

Friday, January 10th, 2014

This is news to me:

Zhu reportedly told police that the car may have malfunctioned and that it began accelerating* on its own. ABC7 news has learned that investigators brought in an engineer from Mercedes Benz and experts from the California Highway Patrol to look into that possibility. Court records state that they ‘found there were no mechanical issues that could explain unintended acceleration.’”

Other reports had driver Jennie Zhu even unwilling to speak to her attorney.

That makes this accident look more like a run-of-the-mill case of pedal misapplication.

I’ll just say that if her foot had been on the brake and she was pressing hard, there’s no way that her car would have done what it did.

Here’s a brief checklist of things you can do when your car takes off on you:

Make sure your foot is on the brake pedal (because it’s not there the way you think it is**)

Use your emergency brake

Throw the gear selector into Neutral.

Turn off the ignition by turning your key to the left (or do whatever you had planned to do to turn your car off after you arrived at your destination)

Scrape up against parked cars on either side of the road in order to slow down

Those are just a few ideas.

Solving this mystery would have been helped if driver Jennie Zhu had been more forthcoming. At this point, it’s very possible we’ll never know the full details of what occurred.

But her telling the police that the Mercedes just took off on her is probably good enough to keep her from any jail time in SF, IMO. This is a much better story than her saying that she was in a hurry and was trying to beat the red lights on a street that, more or less, has timed*** lights.

At the end of this thing, nobody’s going to believe that the car just took off on its own and she had her foot hard on the brake the whole time.

*”Unintended acceleration resulting from pedal misapplication is a driver error wherein the driver presses the accelerator when braking is intended. Some shorter drivers’ feet may not be long enough to touch the floor and pedals, making them more likely to press the wrong pedal due to a lack of proper spatial or tactile reference. Pedal misapplication may be related to pedal design and placement, as in cases where the brake and accelerator are too close to one another, or the accelerator pedal too large.”

**Now if you want to make your brakes fail by boiling your brake fluid through misuse like that guy in SoCal did with his Prius, well then be my guest. But the accident you cause will be on you.

***More or less. But on this stretch of Pine, it’s possible a jackrabbit start will get you through a few yellow lights and on your way westward. Depending on the traffic, this might save you a minute or two when travelling from Polk to Buchanan on Pine.

Bizarre “Zero Graffiti Pledge” from DPW Binds Prospective Jurors to Serve on Only Certain Cases?

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Hey DPW! Are there some things in the world that are even worse than graffiti?

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(And I’ll add that I don’t think jurors are supposed to select the cases they serve on…)

“I hereby pledge to help make San Francisco a graffiti-free city by committing to do one or more of the following: 

-Report graffiti vandalism by calling 311 or visiting sf311.org
-Call 911 when I see graffiti vandalism in progress. 
-Remove graffiti vandalism from my property within 48 hours. 
-Teach the children in my life that it is wrong to write or make marks on other people’s property. 
-Join the Graffiti Watch or Adopt-A-Street and help to remove graffiti vandalism in my neighborhood. 
-Support anti-graffiti vandalism legislation by writing or making phone calls to elected officials. 
-If called, serve on a jury that decides a graffiti vandalism case.”

The Examiner’s “SF Government Examiner” Going to Jail for Harassing Current and Former Wells Fargo Execs

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

From the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club comes word that Kent Schisler, the Examiner’s “SF Government Examiner,” is heading to jail for a short spell due to him harassing current and former employees of Wells Fargo Bank.

(And I get the impression that Kent didn’t really like the govmint too much before this latest tangle.)

On It Goes…

City Attorney Officially Replies to “Pension Tsunami” Civil Grand Jury Report

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

I’ll tell you, the easy ones, they’re easy to predict. You know, your BART cop homicide, your Michela Alioto-Pier second-term-as-a-Supervisor case, your Bicycle Plan injunction lawsuit - you can easily see how those legal disputes are going to end up months and years before final resolution. But how about this one, how about the brouhaha over the recent “Pension Tsunami – The Billion Dollar Bubble” report from our Civil Grand Jury?

Take a look at this one and see what you think. You Make The Call:

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Anyway, that’s what just got posted at the City Attorney’s website this AM. Check it:

In accordance with state law governing Civil Grand Juries, the City Attorney’s Office has responded to jury members’ findings and recommendations about City employee pension and health care benefits.”

This one is beyond my ken, obliviously.

But, you’re smart, check it out.

Just a taste, after the jump.

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Arrest #49 for Local Burglar – Baited Car in Golden Gate Park Proves Irresistable

Friday, July 31st, 2009

What items tempt you the most when you scan parked cars for Objects in Plain View  - would it be a laptop computer, an iPod, maybe a backpack? Well, be careful, cause when the SFPD baits cars for sting operations in Golden Gate Park, they sometimes use all three. (It’s almost like entrapment, or something. So tempting these parcels are, next thing you know, it’s smashy smashy!)

From the Richmond District Blog comes a sneak peek of Richmond Station Police Captain Richard Corriea‘s next weekly update for the Richmond District Police Community Police Forum. Read an entire entry below.

Is this a parking lot, a freeway, or Golden Gate Park‘s MLK Drive near the Inner Sunset on a recent Friday? Click to expand:

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Yes, it’s MLK near the Friend Gate of Strybing Arboretum. Perhaps the cars huddle together for safety?

Here’s why:

“On July 25, 2009 Richmond [District] officers working in plain clothes staked out a car at Middle Drive and Bowling Green Drive in Golden Gate Park. There were several items of value in the car, including, a backpack, computer and an IPOD. The officers knew from experience that an auto burglar would find the car an appealing target. Indeed, several hours into the stakeout an individual burglarized the car, and he was immediately arrested. A subsequent search of the suspect turned up evidence from a theft committed nearby earlier in the day and narcotics. The suspect, who has been arrested forty-nine times, including thirty-one times for felonies, was booked for burglary, possession of stolen property, theft and a narcotics violation. This individual is likely responsible for several auto burglaries daily.”

How many car windows do you have to break to get a rap sheet this long - hundreds, thousands?

On It Goes…